The first edition of the British International Schools Qatar (BISQ) Games held recently at Aspire Zone, brought together hundreds of children from 13 British curriculum schools across the country.

At the end of two days when students put in their best displays of determination, resilience and sportsmanship, Doha College took home the big trophy, finishing first overall in the U11 category. The 36-strong Doha College team of athletes defeated Doha English Speaking School (DESS) and Al Khor International School (AKIS), who placed second and third place, respectively, in a fiercely contested competition. They delivered excellent performances in all sports, but shone brightest in boys’ basketball and girls’ football.

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Sally Gale-Key, Head of Primary PE at Doha College, expressed her gratitude to her dedicated team of PE teachers, who coached, inspired and supported the young competitors.

‘A magnificent team effort and total commitment from our athletes and coaches ensured Doha College were worthy winners of the inaugural BISQ Games 2018. As coaches, we are extremely proud of what our squad has achieved, with every team and individual excelling to achieve their personal best, to take first place overall and be crowned BISQ Games U11 champions.’

Doha College recognised their own ‘Outstanding Contribution’ sports people, namely Lois Nelson and Vitor Cruz, both in Year 6. In high spirits after her team’s win, Lois said it was brilliant to have an opportunity to compete alongside talented athletes from across the country. Lois participated in and excelled at all four sports played by girls at the BISQ Games including football, netball, swimming and athletics.

Doha College also came first – jointly with Sherborne Qatar – in the U13 category, ahead of Park House English School and Mesaieed International School. The Doha College athletes claimed their joint triumphant first place win after clinching first place in both athletics and netball.

20180313-10. Photo7 (p101)Gary Froud, Head of Secondary PE at Doha College was delighted at the students’ efforts.

It was a great weekend of sport and our students competed in the right spirit with sportsmanship and commitment.  As a PE department, we were extremely proud of all the students who all showed what outstanding sporting ambassadors they are. Each DC student battled with grit and determination and were delighted when their hard work paid off.’

Aspire, who provided the venue for the competition, gave a unique opportunity for students to compete in world-class sports facilities. The competition also demonstrated the community approach that is ever present in Qatar, encouraging youths to stay active and pursue healthy lifestyles.

The sports education community in Qatar is grateful to Doha British School, who played a vital part in organising the event.

Check out this link for more information about the recently concluded BISQ Games.